Zucchini: a Delicious,
Versatile Summer

July 28th, 2014


Zucchini—you summer squash, you courgette, you flowering fruit who is treated like a vegetable—you are loved. This time of year, gardens and farmers’ markets alike are replete with zucchinis. And how nice that such a versatile vegetable is such a great source of folate, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The zucchini is the subject of countless recipes and even a zucchini Pinterest board.

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Want to show zucchinis a little more love? Right now is a great time to put them on your plate, and here are a few recipes to help you do just that.

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Zucchini Fries
This zucchini fries recipe is one of the most popular recipes on the Meatless Monday website. It comes to us via Sophisticated Pie. Lightly breaded and baked, these zucchini fries would pair nicely with the Quinoa Zucchini Burgers recipe below!

zucchini_quinoa_burgerQuinoa Zucchini Burgers
This hearty burger is the perfect healthy substitute to a greasy hamburger and a side of heartburn. The recipe features zucchini, Portobello mushroom, bell pepper, and shallots, and comes to us via Cathy at A Life Less Sweet.

mexican_zucchiniJulienned Zucchini Vegan Mexican Bowl
This Mexican-style zucchini dish is quick to prepare and requires only a few minutes in front of a lit stove, which is a big bonus on a hot day. And yet, the meal is super hearty and flavorful. It comes to us via Meatless Monday blogger Kalyn’s Kitchen.

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Here is a recipe for Zucchini Tomato Cheese Tart from Meatless Monday blogger Rebecca Crump at Ezra Pound Cake, featuring zucchini, tomato and smoked Gouda cheese. It’s a simple recipe that allows you to add your own twists; maybe you want to add the heat of a fresh chili pepper, maybe you don’t. Your choice!

italian_zucchiniMama’s Italian Zucchini
This Italian-style zucchini dish features tomatoes, onion, garlic, and basil. It’s a simple and hearty summer meal that will please most any pallet, even a child’s. The recipe comes to us via our own Registered Dietitian, Diana Rice, posted at our Meatless Monday Prevention blog.

blackbean_meatballs_zucchini_308_266Black Bean Meatless Balls and Zucchini Noodles
If you’re still hungry for more? Well it just so happens that our Meatless Monday featured recipe also highlights the deliciousness and versatility of the zucchini. This recipe comes to via Meatless Monday blogger Myra at The Happy Health Freak.

Have a favorite zucchini recipe, one that’s just too good to keep to yourself? Post it via Twitter with the hashtags #zucchini and #MeatlessMonday.